Transfer Talk: Newcastle decide to sell Taylor over contract impasse

Newcastle United have placed Steven Taylor on the transfer list after the club claimed the defender turned down a new deal to remain at St James' Park.

The 24-year-old, who has scored 10 goals in 142 games for the Magpies, is out of contract at the end of the season. "We can confirm that Steven Taylor is on the transfer list," said a club spokesman. Yet a spokesman for Taylor said: "Both [Taylor and the club] remain happy to continue negotiations over a new and extended contract. Steven was disappointed and surprised to hear through third parties that the club had decided to transfer list him."

He added: "He has always given 100 per cent to the club and will continue to do so, given the opportunity."

The Internazionale striker Victor Obinna is on the verge of signing for West Ham. An agreement has been reached to bring the 23-year-old to Upton Park and the Nigerian, who has scored 11 goals in 34 games for the national team, underwent a medical at the club yesterday.

Leicester City are close to signing midfielder Yuki Abe from Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan. The 28-year-old, who played all four games for the Japan side that reached the last 16 of the World Cup, will join the Championship club subject to a medical.

Cardiff City midfielder Gavin Rae and striker Ross McCormack are set to speak with Leeds United about a move to Elland Road. Meanwhile, heading to the south Wales club is Wolves striker Andy Keogh, who has joined on a season-long loan.